‘The draw is tough here’ – Roger Federer reacts to potentially brutal path at Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer has described his Shanghai Masters draw as ‘tough,’ but says he still feels like he has enough to win the competition.
Federer was handed a tough route to the final which could see him having to go through Marin Cilic, David Goffn, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem before a potential final against Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev.
“The draw is tough here,” Federer admitted. “It also depends on your opponents a little bit.
“It’s not just every match on my racket, unfortunately, but I feel like I have good energy left in the tank to go and finish strong.”
17,000 fans turned up in Shanghai to watch an exhibition featuring Federer, Marin Cilic, and Chinese players Wu Di and Hua Run Hao on Saturday.
And, even with all of Federer’s experience, it was an experience that still blew him away.
”The fans get together [and] really make a conscious effort to show me how excited and happy they are,” Federer said.
“I felt that yesterday at Fan Day. It means a lot to me. You don’t get fans grouping together like this anywhere else in the world.
“When somebody asks you a question, you try to answer. When somebody asks you for a picture, you try to take it.
“It means so much to any fan because it’s maybe the first time they’ve seen you or maybe they have travelled far just to get a chance to be near you or ask you a question.
”Sometimes you’re more tired than other days. For the most part, I try to lead by example for the new generation of players who I hope are going to be great for the game.
“I’m aware that I have the chance and the power to motivate, inspire younger children and set a good example.
“That’s something I have always appreciated and thought was very nice.”
Grigor Dimitrov gives his verdict as he secures another big win in Indian Wells
Dimitrov’s revival continues as he battled past Hubert Hurkacz in a deciding set tie-break.
Cameron Norrie reaches first ATP Masters semi-final as Indian Wells win sees him become new British No 1
Cameron Norrie saw off Diego Schwartzman in the last eight.
‘I look forward to returning to the Tour in the next couple of weeks,’ says Emma Raducanu after withdrawing from WTA event
Emma Raducanu won’t be heading to Russia next week.
Billie Jean King Cup
‘I have made the decision to not play the BJK Cup Finals,’ says Leylah Fernandez
Leylah Fernandez won’t represent Canada at the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Exclusive – New ITF World Tennis Number set to revolutionise the game around the globe
Britain’s LTA has played a leading role in the development of the new ITF World Tennis Number.
Rafael Nadal following a very ‘specific plan’ following foot injury as he provides fitness update
“You have to be a little cautious, look a little in the medium term.”
WATCH: Tennis’ rooftop stars spend time at Rafa Nadal Academy as Roger Federer keeps his promise
Roger Federer keeps his promise as youngsters spend time at Rafa Nadal Academy.
Stefanos Tsitsipas explains how he dug himself out of the ‘red zone’ to see off Alex de Minaur in Indian Wells
“I had to go through so many difficulties in order to find a solution,” says Tsitsipas.
Andy Murray on tennis’ vaccination dilemma ahead of Australian Open: ‘I hope more players get it done’
“I support vaccination,” says Andy Murray.
Leylah Fernandez’s schedule for rest of 2021 up in the air with only Billie Jean King Cup Finals pencilled in
Leylah Fernandez “very grateful for what has happened this year”.